Tag Archives: Ireland

Educational policy reform in Ireland

As calls for further reducing the role of the Catholic Church in Irish primary schools gains traction in a rapidly evolving Irish society, The Politics of Irish Primary Education: Reform in an Era of Secularisation (Peter Lang, 2022) demonstrates how the … Continue reading

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The centenary of the Irish Civil War

The Irish Civil War of 1922-1923—a wrenching, destructive run-up to the establishment of an independent Ireland—has long persisted in the national Irish memory, despite efforts to downplay or outright erase it from official discourse. Irish historian Síobhra Aiken has written … Continue reading

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Censorship in Thatcher’s Britain

“The ease with which censorship became part of the political and broadcasting culture of the United Kingdom and Ireland is a lesson in the fragility of democracy,” writes Boston College Interim Director of Irish Studies Robert Savage in the Irish … Continue reading

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Redressing a legacy of abuse in Ireland

A new collection of interdisciplinary essays seeks to answer the question of how will Ireland remedy its legacy of institutional abuse. REDRESS: Ireland’s Institutions and Transitional Justice (University of College Dublin Press, 2022) focuses on the structures which perpetuated widespread … Continue reading

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Magdalene Laundries and the campaign for justice

Between 1922 and 1996, over 10,000 Irish girls and women, specifically unmarried mothers, and those considered promiscuous, sexually abused, and/or a burden to their families or the state, were imprisoned and subjected to forced labor in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. The … Continue reading

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Meet Millie Gogarty

In her debut novel, Boston College alumna Rebecca Hardiman introduces readers to the quirky but lovable Gogarty clan: Kevin, who is unemployed and overwhelmed, his sulky teenaged daughter Aideen, and his 83-year-old mother Millie, who has just been caught shoplifting—again. … Continue reading

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Novelist Emma Donoghue

Novelist and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, author of the international bestseller Room, will read from and talk about her latest novel, The Pull of the Stars (Little, Brown and Co., 2020), at a Lowell Humanities webinar on April 7 at 7 … Continue reading

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Studying Ireland, after the 2008 financial crisis

The new Routledge International Handbook of Irish Studies (Routledge, 2020) explores how Ireland and, by extension, the scholarly approaches to understanding Ireland have been transformed since the global financial crisis of 2008. The volume was edited by BC Ireland Academic … Continue reading

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Book launch for Burns Visiting Scholar Éilís Ní Dhuibhne

Boston College will present a live virtual book launch on Oct. 28, 3 p.m. ET (Boston), for Little Red and Other Stories (Blackstaff Press, 2020), a collection of short stories by Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. … Continue reading

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Dorothy Macardle

Dorothy Macardle (1889– 1958) is perhaps best known as the author of The Irish Republic, an account of the revolutionary period from an anti-Treaty perspective. A new biography of Macardle, written by BC graduate Leeann Lane, reveals a deeper portrait … Continue reading

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